From M1 Procar To McLaren M15: New Handmade Prints From Stephen Landau Have Landed In The Petrolicious Shop
“Print” is a very loose term in terms of art, but Stephen Landau’s work stays true to the traditional methods of fine art printing done by hand rather than Adobe software. Instead of carving his stamping blocks from wood though, he’s created them out of linoleum to provide a richer coloring without any of the loss of depth that comes with wood grain imperfections. Each block takes hours to carve, and each print uses multiple blocks—hasty digital drawings these are not.
The finished results are by no means ruler-perfect though, and the hand-printing process ensures that each of these are unique. We’re looking forward to adding more of Stephen’s artwork to the Petrolicious Shop in the future, but for now we’ve selected a handful of his limited editions—each print is signed, dated, and numbered from 1-20—which cover a broad swath of the vintage automotive landscape.
Production snafus with Lamborghini and issues meeting homologation requirements in terms of number of cars built meant that the M1 never raced as it was meant to, but BMW created the Procar series as a way to get the cars on track and in front of audiences all the same. The Procar season followed the F1 schedule in Europe, and saw many of the top talents duking it out in the one-make series. The late Niki Lauda won the first of the two Procar championships in 1979, followed by Nelson Piquet.
In 1959 Ferrari unveiled the 250 short-wheelbase as a nimble addition to their lauded 250 series. Not only was the car’s wheelbase almost nine inches shorter but it also donned a more pert rear end that gave it a beautiful slopping roof line into the trunk area. With the reduction of weight, better suspension, horsepower and handling, the SWB performed very well on the track in addition to making almost every Top 10 list on the subject of automotive beauty.
The Dino marque was more or less created so that Ferrari could produce a V6-powered road car without disrupting the brand’s identity. The Dino 206 and 246 proved to be groundbreaking designs for the company despite their initial status within it hierarchy, and would go on to inform the styling of almost every mid-engined prancing horse to date. The Dino was also Ferrari’s first time creating a high production car.
The first “series” Land Rovers were developed by the Rover Company soon after WWII. Having been a luxury car company before the war, Rover had to rebrand for the post-war economy and built the Land Rover Series I as a light, rugged, agriculturally-inclined vehicle. Using the successful American Jeep for inspiration, the Series I entered production for the 1948 model year. To this day, the Land Rover design is unmistakable in its simplistic beauty, though the new ones are a far cry from their forebears.
The M15 marked McLaren’s debut in the Indy 500. Having performed well in both F1 around the world and Can-Am in North America, McLaren was feeling pretty chuffed and wanted to have a go at another major pillar of the competitive driving world. Building more from the Can-Am cars than their Formula machines, the M15 wasn’t as successful for McLaren as they’d hoped, but it was a good learning curve for the team, and led the way to the M16, which won Indy three times.
Known by some as the “Japanese Jag,” we think the Toyota 2000GT deserves more than just comparisons to the European cars that inspired it. The 2000GT is a stunner, a unique machine that marked a departure from typical Japanese styling at the time. Created in large part by Yamaha with later design inputs from Toyota, this paradigm-shifting cab-rearward sports star in an evening gown was equally adept on track as it was at dropping jaws at auto shows.
With approximately 30hp, the VW Type 2 (Single Cab), wasn’t winning any stoplight to stoplight drag races, but it outperformed most of its peers when it came to utility. From Porsche parts runners in period to luxury campers for the modern hip crowd, the pickup version of the beloved Type 2 Volkswagen may not be as iconic as the many-windowed bus variants, but there is unique charm to be found in this old German workhorse.